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Minnesota Wild: In The Hunt!

Minnesota WildBelieve it or not, the Wild are literally two wins from 8th place in the West. Pretty dang impressive. 8-2 in the last ten and just pretty solid all around. Also, remember that Sykora has been limited and Bouchard and Burns have been out with concussions. With those three back in the lineup at any point this year, the Wild go from a team in transition to a true playoff contender and, (this is biased) if those three come back in full form, I feel that the Wild are a viable threat for second round action.

It didn’t look good early and there’s a long way to go, but new additions are sure paying dividends and Koivu is the rightful captain. I’ve been saying they look like they can do something ever since I got to see them play in SJ in Oct. Even then there was a feeling in the lineup and style that this was going to be, at the very least a fun to watch year. Now the fans have something to cheer about and I’m going to predict that the sellout streak in St. Paul continues, at least another year.

Seriously though, two wins (and two Detroit and Vancouver losses) and the Wild are legitimately 8th place! Amazing isn’t it? Let’s see what happens in Ottawa tonight, 8th place may only be one win away. Fun, fun, and more fun in Minnesota.

By the way, Havlat’s turning into something Gaborik never really was, a playmaker as well as gamebreaker. It was Havlat’s assist for the winning goal in Montreal. (Disclosure: I never really like Gabby, even with the 5 goal game against his current team. So, maybe he could pass but only when he wasn’t hurt.)

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  1. havlat has seemed to me to be a different player after coming back after that short time out with injury. a lot of people thought it would be the same old story with injuries and getting quite a few goals but not enough assists, but at this rate he’ll be criticised for too many assists, not enough goals. glad to see him doing so well

    Posted by colonelbagpussNo Gravatar | December 18, 2009, 10:51 am

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